Discipline: Visual Art – painting

Erick Alejandro Hernández

Discipline: Visual Art – painting
Region: Miami, FL
MacDowell fellowships: 2021

Erick Alejandro Hernández is an artist from Cuba living and working in Miami, FL and Brooklyn, NY. He received his B.F.A. in painting from Rhode Island School of Design (2017) and has been a fellow at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2017), Oxbow School of Art (2018), and The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program (18-19). In addition, he has received a Scholastics Awards Alumni Micro-grant (2019) and an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant (2019).

At MacDowell, Erick worked on a large-scale immersive painting installation. In addition, he worked on a suite of small and mid-sized works that relate thematically to the larger work.

"Revolving around overarching narratives such as a car crash or the death of a loved one, my paintings are orchestrations of memories that have been fractured or reimagined in processes surrounding lived trauma. Rooted in traditional image making, my practice intends to disrupt classical vignettes within the genre of painting by inserting personages and spaces that are in flux. I populate my images with figures and amalgamations of figures from my own experience in order to explore various simultaneous histories of loss and displacement. In collecting from my own life and those around me I am able to emulate the labor of locating these bodies in a realm of physical and allegorical exile from representations of culture and home. As such, I am able to locate my own place amongst them."



Erick Alejandro Hernández worked in the Heinz studio.

The icehouse, built of fieldstone in 1914–1915, was a practical part of Mrs. MacDowell’s plan for a self-sufficient farm. Winter ice cut from a nearby pond was stored here for summer use on the property. Idle since 1940, it was a handsome but outdated farm building. In 1995, Mrs. Drue Heinz, a vice chairman of…

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